By Ken Stern 

First-quarter town tax revenue lags


April 17, 2024

Ken Stern

BANKING TOWN TAX REVENUES -- La Conners town hall started life as a bank. The money is still rolling in, but not so much in the first quarter of 2024.

La Conner Town Council members and residents attending the April 9 meeting heard the down news: March's sales tax revenues are 15% below 2023. Year to date, sales tax revenue is down 15%, $124,353, from $146,681.

All tourist-driven tax revenues are lower and considerably below projections, as reported to the town council in March by the state's Department of Revenue. The $33,930 collected in sales tax was 15.6% below 2023. The $3,382 for the fire department tax was 13.8% below last year and the $6,869 in lodging tax collections was down 15%. But 2023 and 2022 were record setting tax collection...

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